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Hydrogen car catalyst project opens its first UK refueling station

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The HyFive project is aimed at preparing the market for the commercial introduction of FCEVs in the coming years
The HyFive project is aimed at preparing the market for the commercial introduction of FCEVs in the coming years
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The HyFive project is aimed at preparing the market for the commercial introduction of FCEVs in the coming years
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The HyFive project is aimed at preparing the market for the commercial introduction of FCEVs in the coming years
The first of three HyFive hydrogen refueling stations is located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and can be used for both commercial and private FCEVs
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The first of three HyFive hydrogen refueling stations is located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and can be used for both commercial and private FCEVs

In order for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to take off, there needs to be the refuelling infrastructure in place to support them. To justify the infrastructure, though, there must be enough FCEVs on the road. It is this chicken-and-egg scenario that the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFive) project seeks to help solve.

HyFive is a pan-European project set up to roll-out both FCEVs and the required refueling infrastructure. The project has 15 partner carmakers, including BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, who plan to deploy 185 FCEVs between them. In addition, it will see the creation of hydrogen refueling station clusters in three parts of Europe linked with 12 existing stations to support these vehicles.

The project is designed so as to allow its partner carmakers to validate the performance of their FCEVs on European roads, while also preparing the market, or laying the foundations, for the commercial introduction of the vehicles in the near future.

Danish Hydrogen Fuel, OMV and ITM Power are the three firms rolling out refueling stations in the various places across the continent as part of HyFive. The first such facility in London, UK, has this week been officially launched by ITM Power. It is located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and can be used for both commercial and private FCEVs.

The first of three HyFive hydrogen refueling stations is located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and can be used for both commercial and private FCEVs
The first of three HyFive hydrogen refueling stations is located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and can be used for both commercial and private FCEVs

The station at Teddington is the first of three HyFive refueling stations, which are all part of a wider UK government-backed plan to open 12 by the end of the year. In addition, ITM says it is planning to roll-out a further two hydrogen refueling stations in the UK by the end of the year as part of a separate H2ME scheme. All stations are electrolyser-based, meaning hydrogen is produced on-site rather than delivered.

To coincide with the launch, the UK government has announced a £2 million (US$3 million) fund to further support the roll-out of FCEVs in public and private sector fleets. The FCEV Fleet Support Scheme will reportedly allow local authorities, health trusts, police forces, fire brigades and private companies to bid for funding to add FCEVs to their fleets and could put an extra 100 of the vehicles on UK roads by early next year. The overall goal of the UK government is to make nearly every vehicle in the country zero-emission by 2050.

Sources: ITM Power, HyFive, UK Government

3 comments
guzmanchinky
But does Hydrogen make sense? Doesn't it require a great deal of energy to create Hydrogen? I understand the quick refueling thing, not sure about the flammability thing, but I guess the real question is with quick charging batteries on the way any day, as well as far more energy dense batteries, is hydrogen the energy storage solution?
RichardDavis
Aside from rapid refueling, I don't see the point in using hydrogen as a fuel for personal vehicles. Hydrogen returns less energy than it took to produce it. This is also true of electric cars of course, except electric power is fuel agnostic. Hydrogen is actually an energy storage mechanism that is less convenient than batteries.
Ray_Diminco
Why is money being wasted on the failed idea of the hydrogen economy? The future is clearly electric! The true hydrogen economy will come as a result mass space colonization. But even there, there is a possibility that methane will displace hydrogen as rocket propellant. There is absolutely no reason why we need hydrogen fueled surface transportation. Especially since the Supercharger has largely addressed the range anxiety thing.